SYMBOLS Stories of cultural life.


The pomegranate is not commonly found in European cemeteries. It can be used as a symbol of immortality, resurrection, unity, nourishment of the soul.  

The pomegranate is a symbol of the resurrection and of the hope of eternal life. Because of its abundance of seeds, it can also symbolize royalty and the church, where the seeds represent the many believers who make up the one universal church.  

In Jewish tradition, the pomegranate is a symbol of righteousness because it is said to have 613 seeds, which corresponds with the 613 mitzvot, or commandments, of the Torah. Moreover, the pomegranate also represents fruitfulness, knowledge, learning, and wisdom.


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